Diocese of Portsmouth

Clergy discipline

In line with the guidance from the Clergy Discipline Commission, we record on this page details of penalties imposed on or accepted by clergy as a result of a Clergy Discipline Measure process:

The Rev Simon Sayers

A Church of England disciplinary tribunal has upheld a complaint made about the Revd Simon Sayers regarding his behaviour in 2010 while he was rector of the parish of Warblington-with-Emsworth. They accepted that he was guilty of conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clergy person and failed to observe and maintain appropriate pastoral boundaries.

The Rev Simon Sayers had already been prohibited from ministry for five years after accepting a penalty for previous misconduct. The tribunal has now imposed a penalty of prohibition from ministry for life. Therefore he will not be able to work as a Church of England clergyman again. The penalty reflects the seriousness of this misconduct.

August 2019

The Rev Susikaran James

The Rev Susikaran James was the subject of a complaint under the Clergy Discipline Measure. The complaint referred to a number of incidents that included adultery and other conduct inappropriate for a clergy person. He admitted this and resigned as vicar of St Simon’s Church, Southsea, in January 2018.

The Rev Susikaran James accepted a penalty by consent for this behaviour. The penalty, which is determined by the Bishop of Portsmouth, is five years prohibition from ministry in the Church of England, from July 2018. If he requests to return to ministry after this period of prohibition, a risk assessment will be carried out.

July 2018

The Rev Simon Sayers

The Rev Simon Sayers was the subject of a complaint under the Clergy Discipline Measure. It related to sexual misconduct while he was a vicar in the Diocese of London in the 1990s.

The Rev Simon Sayers admitted two sexual incidents with a 16-year-old schoolgirl, and his part in initiating that sexual contact. The Bishop of London – in whose diocese the incidents happened – found that the Rev Simon Sayers engaged in conduct unbecoming a clergy person and inappropriate for a married man.

The Rev Simon Sayers accepted a penalty from the Bishop of London to be prohibited from ministry in the Church of England for five years from November 2016. He consequently resigned as Rector of Warblington with Emsworth. If he requests to return to ministry after this period of prohibition, a risk assessment will be carried out.

November 2016